The administration of the school has taken the school in a new direction that is not necessarily in the best interest of the students. The primary focus at the school is keeping test scores high at the expense of student creativity and expression. This school could be so much more based on the population of kids who attend the school. The administration has instead focused on new rigid school policies and a uniform policy to promote equality in a school full of middle class white kids. Many of the teachers are leaving the school next year to teach at other schools, some of which were the most talented innovative teachers at the school, because the administration drove them out of the school. The school has become a top down model which has had a negative impact on school environment and overall teacher satisfaction. I wish the school administration worried more about inspiring student creativity, school safety (the drop off situation at the school is dangerous) and a positive work environment for the teachers. Test score aren't everything people. These kids will always have high test scores w/o the need to pile on the homework and rote practice. They can be so much more.
The first day I dropped my child off at Bill Roberts for kindergarten, I was petrified. It is a pretty huge building. What I didn't realize was with-in that BIG school are SMALL classes led by warm/nurturing and extremely talented professionals. It's an incredible environment for learning. Bill Roberts is full of motivated teachers who want to be there, and who work intensely hard to educate our children. I am routinely in awe of what these talented teachers are capable of. Kids at this school are confident and happy. They have intense school spirit from day one and have a worldly view, very, very young. I've learned a big building is nothing to be afraid of. If your kids is there for before or after school care (which also is top notch at Bill Roberts!), you'll appreciate the size of the place, and all of the "specials" it has. The parents at this school are great, too. Loads of smart, talented, unpretentious people to chat with at drop offs and pick ups.
My children are having a wonderful experience at Bill Roberts. The teachers are incredibly invested in the students academic and emotional growth.
William Roberts School has always been focused on what is best for the individual child both from the point of view of the teachers and administration. It breaks my heart that parents choose to take their children to neighboring DSST, and are unwilling to check out what occurs upstairs in the older grades. The administration and teachers have done an outstanding job working with any and every student that walks through their doors and making sure that child receives a challenging academic program and a social/emotional environment that supports their individual development. I am proud to have my children at William Roberts.
Parent involvement and support is exceptional. Excellent community. Good teachers but it seems as if there isn't enough cohesion from classroom to classroom. Very lacking principal that seems to be constantly putting out fires and reacting instead of being proactive.
Unique, accepting, encouraging and supportive for the parents and students.
The 6th-8th grade is completely neglected! If you drive by on any given day and look at the dynamics of the kids outside, you will notice that the younger kids are all 'neighborhood' kids and the older kids are the stepchildren that are choiced in (and/or bussed in). What a HUGE difference the upstairs of that school is compared to the lower level where all the neighborhood kids are. Our experience = no one really pushes for anything in those high grades bc their little johnny or suzy aren't in those grades and all the overcrowding in the lower yrs creates havoc on the older kids, up stairs. The focus of music, PE, space, etc is on the young ones. +, in the 6th, neighborhood kids choice to DSST or dif. schools (they get OUT of there!)
This is a neighborhood school that has strong parent support. Unfortunately, it is often characterized as a great school because of the families who want it to be a great school. When one digs a bit deeper, what unfolds is a principal who is unfocused and not able to drive the school toward any particular objective. The leadership of the school attempts to please all, and, because of this, nothing dynamic is accomplished. Most kids come in with a lot of parental support but the school programming (and leadership of the school) is not able to move these children into excellence.
We have three girls who are attending Bill Roberts and we couldn't be happier with the rate that they are learning and the care that their teachers have shown. We are very thankful that we are able to attend this very high quality school in Denver... keep up the good work!
I am not impressed with the school. Some teachers have no ideas about teaching ethics.
I'm proud to say that my children attend Bill Roberts Elementary School. My children are learning at an incredible rate; the pricipal and staff are extremely caring and work very hard to ensure that all of the students are recieving a top-notch education.
Great School, wonderful teachers and a very active PTA that really cares about the kids.
The teachers at the this school are fiercly focused and dedicated to prividing the best education to all their students regardless of their backgrounds
I have never seen a school with such wonderful parent involvement. Go Bobcats!
Great staff + great facilities + great parents = well educated and socially adjusted children
So proud to be a part of a school with such great teachers and community support...
This is your average traditional-style school that doesn't excel in any one area but isn't horrible in any particular aspect either. Most teachers are pretty provincial and the principal is a people pleaser who reacts to parental input rather than leading with any kind of expertise in educational philosophy or passionate vision for the school. Most policy decisions (even some questionable ones) are justified to parents as 'what's best for the children' but in truth the driving factor is almost always test scores. With 90% of BR kids coming from supportive, privileged, realitively well educated families this school should be spectacular with sparkling intellectual inquiry and creativity. Instead it just plods along being 'good.'
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